Time is of the Essence (and the New Citizen Sunrise Watch) #BetterStartNow


I've always thrived on chaos. My mom used to ask me constantly how I managed to do so much in a day. Between the kids, work, community projects and everything else, I'd fill my days with so much activity that it seemed more than enough to fit one person's schedule. After all, who says that being a mom doesn’t have its daily challenges?  As a working mom, I've always prided myself on multi-tasking. Put me in front of the television and I’ll be on my laptop.  While washing dishes, I'm on the phone.  While breastfeeding, I used to read books at the same Read More


Cool Rainbow Loom Tips


I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues Read More


Exploring NYC with My Tween

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This past week was an adventure for both my 9 year-old daughter and I. We ventured into NYC several times for some real mother-daughter time. We spent one night celebrating American Girl’s newest historical character, Caroline Abbott, while learning about her home in Sackets Harbor, NY, and its role in the War of 1812. There were 1812 re-enactment actors from Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, which was recently designated as a historically significant site on New York State’s ‘Path Through History,’ dressed in period attire, there to Read More


Getting Back on the Make-Up Train with Benefit

Benefit Beauty Event

On Saturday my daughter and I headed into NYC for an event at the Benefit Boutique in Soho.  It was coined a "Bonding Over Beauty" event for mothers and daughters.  We hopped on the train with her girlfriend and sped into town, all eager for a day of pampering. Who doesn't deserve that? Even my daughter, at age 9, knows that she deserves one every now and then.  She learned that from me. Back in the day, pre-marriage, I actually wore make-up and guess what brand it was....Benefit!  I remember taking a trip to the brand's flag ship store in San Francisco Read More


Minted: Design Your Own Stationary with Art from Around the World

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A few weeks ago came across a new line of stationary that caught my eye instantly.  You have to understand that I am not typically into design - I tend to buy a lot of Hallmark cards.  I have never really discovered a line that excited me.  But this card made me linger and want to explore the line futher: A totally new concept for me has come into my life: Indie stationary.  Made by a company called Minted, a design-your-own stationery site, these pieces of stationary are made by designers all over the world, in 43 countries.  Minted believes that Read More


2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Brain Breaks

If you’re trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I’ve personally tested on my kids..  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. We're quite into family night, and the new game Brain Breaks by Cranium is quickly becoming one of our favorites. With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using Read More


Holiday Gift Suggestion: StinkyKids, Dolls with Purpose


Today my daughter and I attended a very special event at the Madame Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.  I was a HUGE doll fan when I was a child and knew I'd be in element.  I stopped by the Madame Alexander booth at Toy Fair earlier this year and knew about the quality of dolls that they produce.  I was told the event was to promote a new line called the StinkyKids, and I had a feeling that this would be an event for both my daughter and I. So, you can only imagine my delight when we walked into a mini showroom, with thousands of dolls from their Read More


Introducing Zuzee, an Online Community for Tween Girls


Zuzee is the first ever, creative online community where tween girls can share their stories and create photo memories with friends. It is an environment for self-expression that is fun, safe and designed just for tweens and it launched today!  As a mom of an 8 year-old girl, I'm particularly excited about this site.   It's a safe place for her to share, collaborate and stay in touch with her friends. I sat next to the founder at a breakfast at BlogHer and have been excited about its launch ever since. How Zuzee Works: Girls bring their favorite Read More


Shopping Smarter at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx and Giveaway


As a 40+ year-old woman, I am constantly on a quest to become a better dresser.  My body's changing.  I can no longer just slip into a size 6 like I used to.  Whether it's true or not, two pregnancies have taken a toll on my body. In addition, I don't have as much time to color coordinate my clothes, and I find myself spending less and less time trying to figure out what I'm wearing.  I generally always feel under-dressed, like I'm wearing the wrong thing, like I don't have enough dressy clothes.  Now that I am re-entering the workforce in more full Read More


Product Review: Ridemakerz for Car-Serious Kids


This past Saturday I dragged my husband and kids into the city bright and early, not an easy feat in my house.  For one thing, my hubby is english and he likes to call home on Saturday mornings.  For another, my family just aren't morning people, none of us really are.  On the weekends, we all like time to CHILL OUT.  But I was invited to what I thought was going to be quite a special event hosted by Disney and I was quite demanding that we get up and out. And indeed it was worth the early trip in.  It was a an event hosted by the folks behind the new Read More